Irene Joy Nordstrom, 71, of Tekamah NE

Irene Joy Nordstrom was born to Gerald Kenneth and Ethel Lena (Clyde) McIntosh on February 23, 1945 in Blair, Nebraska. She passed away May 30, 2016, at CHI Health Immanuel in Omaha, Nebraska, after a month-long battle due to complications from surgery.

She attended a rural school in her early years and graduated from Tekamah High School in 1963. Arnold “Arnie” Nordstrom, Jr. and Irene were united in marriage on May 3, 1964. Born to this union were three daughters. Irene and Arnie were empty-nesters for just a few years before they became the legal guardians of 3 very young children. They continued to generously open their doors to several other family members in times of need. They were very close to their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Irene worked as the office manager off and on for all the years they owned a local TV and appliance store. She had a deep abiding love for Jesus Christ and a driving desire to serve the Lord. One of Irene’s greatest joys was teaching songs to children during her community’s Vacation Bible School and at Sunday School. She helped with MOP’s as a teacher and also taught piano lessons. Over the last several years, Irene has volunteered to manage the Tekamah Food Pantry. She loved her Bible Study groups too. She was well-known for her bright smile and her talkative warmth. She had a real gift for encouraging others. She was a loving soul, full of orneriness with a twinkle in her eye.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents and step-father, George Metzler, Sr; sisters, Geraldine Metzler and Gale Macdonald; brother, Gerald McIntosh; sister-in-law, Ulrike McIntosh; niece, Amber Wood; nephew Tatum McIntosh; her double cousin, Walter McIntosh.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold; daughters and sons-in-laws, Laura (Daniel) Kelley of Waco, NE, Brenda (Mark) Nelson of Elkhorn, NE, Trina (Warren) Wetzel of Tekamah; their guardian children, Faith Teneyck, Michael Metzler, Holly (Mike) Martin, all of Tekamah; eight grandchildren, Jacqueline, Nicole, Weston, Nicholas, Gregory, Jessica, Gavin and Jordan; two step-grandchildren, Kevin and Erin; four honorary grandchildren, Brayten, Mark, Jacob and Joseph, five great grandchildren, Lacey, Benjamin, Brialynn, Adrian and Maddelynn; step-mother, Erna Hawley of Tekamah; sisters, Sherry Kocher of Elkhorn, Jeanette Brooks of Cozad, NE and Debi (Darrel) Boyce of Herman, NE; brothers, George McIntosh of Lincoln and George (Sonny) Metzler, Jr. of Tekamah; many beloved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Thurs., June 2nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Pelan Funeral Services in Tekamah. Family will be receiving friends.

The Funeral Service is Fri., June 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Tekamah. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial is in the Tekamah Cemetery.

Memorials suggested to the family for designation at a later time.

Irene Nordstrom

Irene Nordstrom


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